GREENSBORO, N.C. - Following a weekend in which she recorded her third hat trick of the season, North Carolina sophomore Charlotte Craddock has registered a hat trick of a different sort. Craddock has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Co-Player of the Week, marking the third time this season she has won or shared that honor.
Craddock is the only player to earn the honor more than once the season. Overall, Tar Heels have won or shared the award in eight of the season's 10 weeks, including the past four in a row.
A forward from Wolverhampton, England, Craddock scored four goals over the weekend to help lead top-ranked UNC to a pair of wins as the Tar Heels finished the regular season with an 18-1 record. On the road at No. 9 Old Dominion on Friday, she scored the opening goal and then assisted on sophomore Loren Shealy's gamewinner as UNC downed the Lady Monarchs, 3-1. Craddock led the way with three goals on Sunday in a 6-1 home-field win over Radford.
With a team-high 19 goals in 13 games this season, Craddock leads the ACC in goals per game. In ACC games only, she leads the league in points (17 in five games) and in goals (eight in five games), as well as points per game and goals per game.
Craddock shares the ACC honor this week with Boston College's Chapin Duke, who scored the gamewinner in her team's 2-1 win over Wake Forest.
The 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship kicks off Thursday at UNC's Francis E. Henry Stadium with first-round games at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Tar Heels, who receive a first-round bye as the top seed, open play Friday at 1 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's Wake Forest-Boston College matchup. The title game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information on the tournament, click here.